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The Student Prince1954

The Student Prince (1954)




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Edmund Purdom plays Prince Karl, but Mario Lanza sings the bold tunes coming out of Purdom's mouth, in this MGM remake of the 1927 Ernst Lubitsch silent picture based on the renowned 1924 operetta by Sigmund Romberg and Dorothy Donnelly, which itself was based on the novel and play by Wilhelm Meyer-Foerster. Lanza was signed to play the German Prince of Heidelberg, but weight and temperament problems caused the director Richard Thorpe to use Purdom instead. Lanza's pre-recorded tenor tones come out of Purdom's lip-synching mouth in the many lusty tunes such as "Drink, Drink, Drink" and "Golden Days." Prince Karl's grandfather, the king (Louis Calhern), wants his sheltered grandson to see the world and sow a few wild oats before he returns to the marriage that has been pre-arranged with Princess Johanna (Betta St. John). The prince ends up in a tavern in Heidelberg and meets and falls in love with Kathie (Ann Blyth), the niece of the local innkeeper. But the King gets sick and dies, and Prince Karl must return to assume the throne. He can't have a peasant girl as his queen, so he must part with his secret lover.


Edmund Purdom
as Prince karl Franz
Ann Blyth
as Kathie Ruder
John Ericson
as Count Von Asterburg
Louis Calhern
as King Ferdinand of Karlsberg
Edmund Gwenn
as Prof. Juttner
S.Z. Sakall
as Joseph Ruder
Betta St John
as Princess Johanna
John Hoyt
as Prime Minister
Roger Allen
as Von Fischtenstein
Steve Rowland
as Feuerwald
Gilbert Legay
as Von Buhler
Archer MacDonald
as Head Corps Servant
John Qualen
as Willie Klauber
Mario Lanza
as Prince Karl (singing)
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The prince's tenor voice actually belongs to the invisible Mario Lanza. His top notes sound a bit strained now, but the schmaltzy old songs are still hummable.

January 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Beer-choruses, balls, parades, and moonlight fill in the gaps of a nostalgic entertainment.

March 25, 2019 | Full Review…

As stiff and old-fashioned as the detachable collars on the men's shirts.

August 22, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Purdom lipsincs Lanza, and that is the real attraction of this operetta.

December 19, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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